Head Above Water (1996)



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An idyllic vacation goes horribly awry when a judge's wife discovers her old flame dead in her bed. Set upon a remote island off New England and based on a 1933 Norwegian film, this black comedy chronicles her desperate attempts to hide the corpse before her jealous husband returns.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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New Line Home Entertainment

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Harvey Keitel
as George
Cameron Diaz
as Nathalie
Billy Zane
as Kent
Shay Duffin
as Policeman

Critic Reviews for Head Above Water

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Diaz is largely performing in a vacuum: Keitel, unbelievable for starters as a middle-aged judge, seems unsure at which pitch to play the largely physical comedy, and Sheffer, as the best friend, is fairly vanilla.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Top Critic

Diaz, clad mostly in a one-piece yellow swimsuit, is left floundering in the shallows of a script which relies on ludicrous human behaviour and mechanical plot twists, the latter signposted by an over-emphatic score.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One moment, ''Head Above Water'' plays like a clanking melodrama, the next like a gallows comedy of corrupt yuppie manners.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If you have to spend time with a corpse at the beach, this is better than "Weekend at Bernie's." But it's a near thing.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Debts must have been called in on this one.

January 21, 2004

Interesting thriller with good twists.

July 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Head Above Water

You made a mess and I cleaned it up. An old judge marries a woman he is soft on that comes into his court room. They head to the woman's family home on the water where an old friend with the hots for her and an ex-boyfriend resides. The ex-boyfriend dies, the judge and wife need to decide what to do with the body, and people keep popping in on them. Can they work together to get out of this sticky situation? "Who's laughing now, Tweety?" Jim Wilson, director of 50 to 1, Whirlygirl, Smart Alec, and Stacy's Knights, delivers Head Above Water. The storyline for this picture is miserable and simple and fairly frustrating. The acting was just okay but the premise and script were not worthwhile. The cast delivers average performances and includes Harvey Keitel, Cameron Diaz, Craig Sheffer, Billy Zane, and Shay Duffin. "Let's just do it and we'll all be satisfied." I came across this on HBOGO and decided to give it a viewing since it starred Harvey Keitel. The film was very disappointing, clumsy, and a bit all over the place. Diaz was a very frustrating character and the movie doesn't seem clever or well done at all. I recommend skipping this. "This is crazy." Grade: C-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Not really one of the best but nice to watch. Not a bad comedy. Trying to get rid off the dead body of Billy Zane s character, some nice LOLs scenes nothing special.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer


This is one edge of your seat thriller...that I never knew of...Both Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz had 'killer' instincts in this movie well into the end...see this....

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Fascade Fiveoneeight

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